If you think about the 1980s, Beverly Hills Cop is one of the definitions of that time period. Not only it was a big box-office hit and a huge crowd pleaser, but the franchise made Eddie Murphy a superstar. Now after 30 years, the franchise is making a return to the mainstream.
According to Deadline, Netflix’s newly titled Beverly Hills Cop: Axel Foley is officially a go and Eddie Murphy will return as Axel Foley. Joining Murphy will be Taylour Paige and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in unknown roles. Production on the sequel is underway with Mark Molloy directing.
Gordon-Levitt has been really busy with the popular Netflix actioner Project Power and the Oscar-nominated The Trial of the Chicago 7. Next, he will voice Jiminy Cricket in Disney’s Pinocchio and recently wrapped production on the drama Providence opposite Lily James.
After her breakout role in Zola from A24, Paige has been a star on the rise. She was seen in the Lena Dunham pic Sharp Stick recently and which premiered at Sundance, Mack & Rita, and has several films to be released in the future like The Toxic Avenger reboot with Peter Dinklage.
The franchise was moved from Paramount to Netflix in the winter of 2019 and it will continue the adventures of Detroit cop Foley, who first appeared in the 1984 mega-hit that followed him to Beverly Hills to solve the murder of a friend. There were two sequels in 1987 and 1994.
Will Beverly Hills Cop; Axel Foley be a mega-success legacy sequel like the most recent Top Gun: Maverick, or will it be a massive dud like many legacy sequels from decades past? Only time will tell how the 4th installment is received.
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